Each year, Fred’s locations around the country commemorate the fallen heroes of 9/11 through a fundraiser for local emergency response, according to their corporate website.Through Sept. 11, Fred’s accepted donations at their store locations and on that day, store operating profits from sales were designated for local emergency response teams. The Daleville Department of Public Safety (DPS) was one of the corporation’s selected agencies to receive donations.
DPS Director Harvey Mathis was presented two checks totaling $869.08 during last week’s city council meeting. One check was earmarked for the police department and the other for the fire department. The funds were divided equally. “Every year we sell hero hats for about a month leading up to Sept. 11. This donation is from our community, our customers and our employees here in town,” said local Fred’s Store Manager Charles Anderson.“Fred’s has always been great and is very supportive of our department,” Mathis said. “We really appreciate it.”Council members also expressed their appreciation to Anderson and Fred’s.Last year, through their chain-wide efforts, Fred’s raised a total of $255,642 in donations for local emergency teams across their regions, said the website. “Since the campaign began in 2002, Fred’s has raised and donated more than $2.5 million for local fire, police and sheriff departments,” it said. “Fred’s appreciates its relationships with local emergency teams. The annual donations represent a small token of appreciation for the contribution of these emergency teams in each community.”